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    Moscow, Damascus Not Involved in Attack on School in Idlib - Assad's Aide

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    The Russian and Syrian militaries did not conduct an airstrike on a school in Idlib, a thorough investigation to find the perpetrators is needed, aide to the Syrian president Bouthaina Shaaban said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Anthony Lake, the executive director of the UNICEF, said that the airstrike on the Idlib school resulted in the deaths of 22 children and six teachers.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said that the investigation showed that the photos and video frames of the alleged Wednesday airstrike on a school in Syria's Idlib province, published by some media outlets, were fabricated. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, no Russian plane entered the area on Wednesday, when the school was hit. Russian drone sent to Hass on Thursday did not register any damage to the school roof or aerial bombs explosion craters nearby.

    "Russia told the UN that the investigation should be carried out to reveal the truth on what really happened, but the Untied States still have not carried out an investigation, because they know who burned down a humanitarian convoy and who hit the school. Not the Russians, not Syrians," Shaaban said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel.

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the attack on a school in Syria's Idlib and called for an investigation into the bombing. She also said that international media "launched an attack" on Russia by claiming that Moscow and Damascus are behind the bombing without presenting evidence.

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    school, Bashar al-Assad, Bouthaina Shaaban, Idlib, Syria, Russia
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